Commercial industrial hemp clears another hurdle
The Kansas Department of Agriculture held an open meeting on Jan. 20 to consider the adoption of a proposed regulation to govern commercial industrial hemp production in Kansas. KDA proposed amendments to the Act, K.A.R. 4-34-1, to better align with the requirements of the 2018 Farm Bill and the Commercial Industrial Hemp Act, which allows commercial hemp production in Kansas.
The document will now state commercial industrial hemp in place of alternative crop research. Other changes to the document include:
1. The term lot will be defined as a contiguous area in a field, greenhouse or indoor growing structure containing the same variety or strain of cannabis throughout the area.
2. The term licensed growing area will now include one half mile in any direction beyond the primary section of the industrial hemp that is being grown for commercial use.
3. Unharvested ground cover of legumes, forb or grass is allowed as seasonal soil cover on industrial hemp farms.
No disagreement to the above proposal was voiced during or before the meeting. These changes will become effective in 15 days.
Growers can apply for an industrial hemp license at KDA/Industrial Hemp Applications. Along with an application fee, growers will need to have background checks.
Persons seeking to cultivate or produce industrial hemp must be licensed by the KDA as a commercial industrial hemp producer. This includes individuals and state educational institutions with licenses under the research program if they wish to continue growing after January 31, 2021. The application deadline for the 2021 growing season is March 15, 2021.